Polyamory as the Cat out the Bag statements, WHPH Festival, Minsk
- Publication date
- polyamory, love, care-based relationships, human, non-human, intimacies, affects, social practice, cultural production, Work Hard Play Hard, Side Affects festival, Minsk, 2019, participatory methods, maker-culture, card-based discussion
thanks for considering this late entry proposal.. It only needs a
scheduled slot and a venue, and very low in needs-equipment etc :)
⚡ One picture that resonates with your idea
⚡ How your proposal relates to the text-resonance?
I interpret the text-resonance as the blurry and creative line
between what is normal and what is not normal conditions for
working, where the personal, biological, psychological and sexual
mix up into the same spaces with intellectual and creative
endeavor. A significant area for discussion that is both important
for individual and collective work is that of care, who cares for
whom, for each other, and how this mixes up with expectations of
I would like to re-create/re-enact/re-peat the discussion event
that took place several years ago as part of Ckster 2017: Gender
Hacking festival in Bern, Switzerland. Titled 'Polyamory as cat in
the bag', it has so far only happened once, although it was
popular on the day (over 30 attendees, and materials in
archive.org accessed over 1400 times since it was archived a few
days after the event).
"This session opens for discussion the relationship between polyamory–the maintaining of multiple caring, intimate, and love relations, physical or conceptual–and the flexible, multi-project work of artistic and cultural production which involves more than one other. If one accepts that love is often a motivator for many intensive and intimate exchanges with another collaborator, be it a particular site, community, persons human or non-human, over time.. And that one may be juggling several ongoing commitments in parallel.. Maybe Polyamory is something we should discuss more.."
This event was a round-circle occasion, where after an
introduction (see introductory bullet-point notes in PDF), the
process was initiated or happened when one of the persons in the
room volunteered to take a
statement from the handmade fabric bag and read it aloud. In this way there was an opportunity for the one reading to find a way to relate to the statement, to accept, dismiss, share anecdote or even offer personal experience to the circle of listeners present. Maybe this would spark further dialogue, with the aim of exploring different understandings and meanings that can be made by an individual or more than one.
⚡ What equipment / materials / tools would you need? *
None, I would bring a fabric bag, and the pre-handmade cards in advance, however the texts could be written and translated in advance to Russian, so that while the discussion is held in english, it is possible to also read and be understood if someone wishes to use Russian. My own comprehension is less important than the collective group's listening.
A venue for discussion. A space where 20+ people can sit in a circle seeing each other is important.
⚡ Place and time of your event (if relevant)
⚡ Approximate duration
⚡ Some words about you
Artist-organiser', cultural producer, educator and independent
researcher. Specialises in developing and leading inter- and
trans-disciplinary projects exploring connections between art,
digital culture and science, cultural activism, ecological and
sustainability movements, cultural heritage and collaborative
2 page CV-resume attached.
⚡ Dates of your stay in Minsk
- 2019-12-09 23:43:06
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